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Table 2 Patients’ responses to four point likert scale questions exploring their perception about generic medicines

From: Evaluating patients’ perceptions regarding generic medicines in Jordan

Question Survey questions/Statement Frequency (%)
   Strongly disagree Disagree Agree Strongly agree
1 Physicians should ask patients about their medicines preference. 29 (7.25) 75 (18.75) 174 (43.5) 122 (30.5)
2 Patients should have the option of choosing between generic and originator. 33 (8.25) 55 (13.75) 221 (55.25) 91 (22.75)
3 I don’t mind the pharmacist substituting the medicine I was prescribed to a cheaper equivalent one. 8 (2.00) 92 (23.00) 235(58.75) 65 (16.25)
4 I don’t mind my prescribed medicines to be substituted from originator to generic. (e.g. Panadol to Revanin). 6 (1.50) 82 (20.50) 228 (57.00) 84 (21.00)
5 My medicines should only be substituted from originator to generic if I request. (e.g. Panadol to Revanin). 69 (17.25) 77 (19.25) 141 (35.25) 113 (28.25)
6 I don’t mind the pharmacist substituting my prescribed medicine to an equivalent locally produced one. 3 (0.75) 84 (21.00) 204 (51.00) 109 (27.25)
7 I prefer to be prescribed locally produced medicines. 3 (0.75) 97 (24.25) 178 (44.50) 122 (30.50)
8 I prefer to be prescribed a well-known brand. 158 (39.50) 131 (32.75) 99 (24.75) 12 (3.00)
9 I prefer to be prescribed imported rather than local medicines. 150 (37.50) 143 (35.75) 87 (21.75) 20 (5.00)
10 Costs should be considered before a drug is prescribed. 3 (0.75) 81 (20.25) 220 (55.00) 96 (24.00)
11 I don’t mind whether my prescribed / dispensed medicine is locally produced or imported as long as it is effective. 0 (0.00) 85 (21.25) 217 (54.25) 98 (24.50)
12 I prefer to be prescribed / dispensed the cheapest medicine available for the treatment of my condition. 18 (4.5) 14 (3.50) 251(62.75) 117 (29.25)
13 Cost is not an issue for me as long as the medicine will treat my condition. 103 (25.75) 214 (53.50) 41 (10.25) 42 (10.50)
14 A more expensive medicine is a better one. 157 (39.25) 99 (24.75) 69 (17.25) 75 (18.75)
15 Imported medicines are better. 154 (38.50) 127 (31.75) 66 (16.50) 53 (13.25)
16 Using generic medicines would provide significant saving to me. 0 (0.00) 87 (21.75) 229 (57.25) 84 (21.00)
17 In general, medicine costs in Jordan are too high. 3 (0.75) 65 (16.25) 203 (50.75) 129 (32.25)